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At Civil War's end, a steamboat disaster that history forgot

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MARION, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas and Tennessee are commemorating the 150th anniversary of the greatest maritime disaster in U.S. history this weekend.

The S.S. Sultana exploded in the early morning hours of April 27, 1865, as the Civil War was winding down. Almost 1,800 people were killed by official estimate - more than in the sinking of the Titanic.

Many of them were Union soldiers returning home from prisoner of war camps.

The tragedy was overshadowed by other events, including President Abraham Lincoln's assassination that month.

Descendants and historians are hoping a new exhibit, a planned permanent museum and a new documentary will help people remember the disaster.

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